By: Marilyn L. Davis
“You don’t become a good writer overnight. It takes persistence and written repetition to gain mastery.”
Sure It’s Already Been Written
People have been writing for about 5500 years. That only lets us know that some topics don’t have a shelf-life or go out of style. Although we all use words, yours will have a different tone, style, and viewpoint that sets it apart from everyone else.
Remember, though, that no one has written about the topic from your unique perspective.
Why Do We Read and Write?
We read and write about something because there is still an attraction and curiosity about the subject; we always want to learn or teach more. What are some reasons we write about any topic?
- We need to understand the topic for work or a how-to
- The topic piques our interests
- We are emotionally attached to the topic
I have always been curious. If a subject or topic interested me, I wanted to learn more about it. In my case, that meant that growing up without the internet; I spent hours roaming the aisles of my libraries. Today, we are fortunate to have multiple search engines to find enlightenment for any subject. We now can alert our phones to notify us if there are articles on topics we are curious about, without having to search ourselves.
Get the Attention of a Curious Reader
Readers are curious for several reasons. They may need information more from necessity than curiosity; however, interest and need drive people to find information online. What are people curious about; what do they need to know, and what is a relevant topic for you to explore? People are curious about:
- Other people
- Famous people
- Good food, good books, or good movies
- What is the market doing?
- Why does the economy suck?
- Why is the moon in Jupiter, and how am I on the cusp?
- How polluted is the world and what can we do about it?
- Why does my faucet leak?
- What is love?
- What is my purpose?
- How can I write better?
When we are curious about a topic, our brains are active. The brain releases Dopamine and Serotonin during this type of activity. These brain chemicals then register as pleasurable, and when we feel positive, it is sometimes easier to be creative.
Besides, curious individuals live longer than those who were content with their current awareness and labeled themselves as non-curious in a study of older Americans. However, additional studies on curiosity conclude that there is both good and bad curiosity.
Curious, Researching, or Avoiding Writing?
A writer’s bad curiosity is spending too much time reading, pondering, or researching, and not enough time writing.
Another aspect is comparing. While all of us would like to present our information in the best possible manner, comparing ourselves to other writers can create one of the main reasons for writer’s block – perfectionism and the fear of inadequacy. Rather than be afraid to write from your perspective, look at how others are writing about it.
These top web sites, for writers, allows us to learn more about a topic, but just as importantly, see which perspectives coincide with ours, or if a particular aspect of the subject is under-reported.
Perhaps we could write an article to fill the void for readers. When you think a topic has been written about well, see if other aspects of the subject are overlooked or underdeveloped.
Learn from Other Writers
That may just be a niche or category that needs your writing. When we read articles by others, we should pay attention to:
1. What are others writing about the topic?
2. Are all perspectives adequately explored?
3. Was the article well written?
4. Did the article have better images, videos, or other visuals?
When we are curious about the topic, we view it differently. We take the time to look for the who, why, when, where, and how of the topic. As writers, we can then capture the subject from multiple perspectives and add just the right elements to bring a fresh perspective to an old topic.
Are You Still Stuck?
Any question that bubbles up in your brain will be interesting to someone else. Think about what grabbed your attention today or what you were curious about – politics, news, weather, fashion, children, or writing better articles. Click To Tweet
These questions and topics are percolating in the reader’s mind right now, too. So give them the information they want to read from your authentic and unique perspective. For a writer, moving from curious to writing the article, ask yourself the following:
- Is it a fresh perspective on the subject?
- Is it readable, enjoyable, and informative?
- Do I have enough enthusiasm for the subject to write a good article?
I’ve gotten emails from other writers asking how I find a fresh approach to the same topic. Some days, I do get stuck, or think I’ve said it all. When I feel stuck, I remember that writing is one of my jobs, then I look to my Muse Board for inspiration or just a reminder.
Say It Again – Just Add Your Spin
“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anaïs Nin
You are a writer, delve into this role – pick your topic, research the subject, create a draft, revise it, edit and proof it. Then publish it.
After all, we have so much more available today to showcase our writing than the chisel and stone.
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